Week of May 25, 2020
Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:5
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
This week in our series on Spiritual Seasons of Life we are talking about the waiting season. The last few months we have had to do a considerable amount of waiting. Current events with the Covid 19 virus and our state of quarantine has been challenging for all of us.
I have felt a stirring in my heart the last few months. A remembrance back to a time that was slower, more intentional and seemed easier. The truth is that the waiting season of life is not a punishment. Although at times it can feel that way. Waiting seasons can be a time of preparation for the new season but it can also be a time of protection as well.
While the last few months have been a time of protection for many, it could have just as easily been a time God is preparing you for the next season.
While you may not see anything happening on the surface you can trust that every waiting season comes to an end. Often when it does, we find ourselves wishing we could go back.
Waiting seasons do not mean we must sit idly by doing nothing. We can wait and live at the same time. In the waiting season comes an end to the struggling and striving. Where we can find and cultivate peace and trust and contentment in this very moment.
And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him:
for they were all waiting for him.
As we are waiting God is always working. A delay is not necessarily a denial. When you think God is saying no, He may just be saying, not yet.
I trust the Lord God to save me, and I will wait for him to answer my prayer.
God has a plan for your life, and you can trust that His plans are for your good. We can trust His process and, in the meantime, spend your time counting your blessings and naming them to God. Thankfulness helps us to wait patiently and expectantly for all the plans God has for us.
May the God of peace guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.